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Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi

Japan, United States 2017 95 mins. In Japanese

Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima), an aging and depressed office drone in Tokyo, doesn’t have much to look forward to until her niece steers her into an English class. The handsome and charismatic teacher (Josh Hartnett) cajoles her out of her shell and creates, with the help of a blond wig, a new alter ego for her—Lucy. When he suddenly leaves for Los Angeles, the newly emboldened Lucy sets out to find him on a sometimes painful and life-altering journey of self-discovery. Hirayanagi’s charming directorial debut mixes poignant, bittersweet comedy with the dark realities of life to explore the transformative power of being willing to find out who you are. In Japanese and English with subtitles.

First feature

Reviews: Variety, Hollywood Reporter

Interviews: Seventh Row

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